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Transnational Adaption Actions for Integrated Indoor Air Quality Management
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Comission's DG Health have warned that air pollution – indoor and outdoor – is a major environmental health concern, which can lead to serious health effects. Much progress has been made in the EU to improve outdoor air quality and reduce the emission of pollutants. However, indoor air quality also requires attention because it is where we spend most of our time. Indoor exposure to air pollutants may occur in any indoor environment; among them, schools. The most vulnerable to the adverse effects of air pollution are children aged 6-14, which represent 11% of the total Programme area’s population.
InAirQ aims to describe the health impacts of indoor air quality on the vulnerable population and to take action to improve the healthy environment in schools in central Europe. The project will develop a virtual health repository to help decision makers monitor the indoor air quality and its changes.
National Action Plans will be elaborated, tested and implemented , striving to raise standards of human health through improvements in the indoor environment. Capacity-building courses will be organised, tailored to the school managers and local/regional school operating bodies for the best implementation of the action plans, while the transnational Environment Quality Forum will provide the follow up of the project results and sustain the co-operation to the potential stakeholders.
Knowledge-providing partners - national/regional health authorities and institutions - will provide the baselines of indoor air quality and its health impacts at transnational scale. Local and regional authorities, network of schools and the pilot schools will contribute to elaborating, testing and implementing the action plans. They will also conduct capacity-building activities.
prague, czech republic
The monitoring campaign of indoor and outdoor air quality is currently involving 12 schools from each country partner (see map)
3rd Working Group Meeting of InAirQ will be held on 26-27 September 2017 in Turin at the premises of SiTI – Istituto Superiore sui Sistemi Territoriali per l’Innovazione. The meeting will be organised on two days: the first day will be dedicated to Working Group Meeting and Steering Committee Meeting; and the second day will be dedicated to the International Midterm Conference.
First rounds of national Environment Quality Fora have been held in participating countries between January and February, 2016. Project Partners have involved local experts and policy makers in order to share experiences and expertises, with a common goal of improving indoor air quality in primary schools to preserve children's health.
The first national meetings of Environment Quality Fora (EQFs) will be held in January, 2017 in the cities involved in the InAirQ project. The local EQFs are the place where stakeholders, representing horizontal and vertical integrations, will be involved the strategy making process.
Air and Me is a programme that raises awareness among children about air quality, making available a set of free-of-charge downloadable teaching tools.
Air and Me is aimed at teachers, facilitators and parents who wish to raise children’s awareness of air quality.
Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on children to support public health policies.
The project aims to study the biological effects of early exposure to air pollutants in the cells of the oral mucosa and the factors that may affect any such damage in children of school age.
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